Yximalloo: Unpop (2009)
This iconoclastic Japanese solo artist has been plowing a lonely furrow for over a decade, but has stepped in from the cold with Unpop, his first record produced for mass release. He may not be the first experimentalist to use electronics to make a musical statementSun Ra and several others have done so rather successfully in the past. But no one has put a match to electronica the way he has, turning it into a sonic boom. On this record he does more than merely serve notice that commercialism is like a bright shiny metallic animal that is feeding on the very human beings that feed on it.
Yximalloo may be funnyand much of the music is humorous in a robotic sort of waybut it is also deadly serious in a Dadaist sort of way. To that extent he combines a graphic sensibility with a musical one, becoming a sort of cubical Dadaist himself. Or perhaps not... for it seems he is just as likely to weave a tapestry of electronic sound as to deconstruct it. As a result, he is just as likely to ascend as to descend, like a Duchamp or a Maurits Escher. However he perceives himself, he is apt to make an about-face and present an exact opposite of what he postulates.
This record progresses in a superbly zigzag manner as it crosses a path less-traveled, but always holding up a sonic mirror in which appears society that isalmost in a binary fashionbusy eating away at itself.
Track Listing: Peter is Back; Linie Voezo; Lav, Sucess & Helth; Watabokkuri #2; The Poete; Hamberged Angel; A Slice of Darkness; Any Sense; Slick Hands; Sex and Sushi #1; There is a Mountain; Puja; Samui; Shibuya; Plowed Land; Trial; Qabala #1; Big Man; Person to Person; Full of It; Art of War; Juju Lul; Men on Corner; Necro Man; Watabokkuri #2.
Personnel: Yximalloo: Dell Latitude c600; pStan's lyrics (1); Chris Manz: piano (16).
Record Label: ESP Disk